South Africa, it’s time to interrupt gender-based violence
With one woman reportedly being killed every three hours in South Africa there is an urgent need for action from both society and government that focuses on prevention as well as dealing with the root causes that contribute to the culture of violence against women in the country.
Interrupt harmful social and cultural norms:
This needs to end
One in every three men in South Africa hold the belief that women should not have the same constitutional rights as men; 7.7% of men think it is alright to hit a woman if she argues with him, and 6% of men think it is alright to hit a woman if she goes out without telling him.
It is harmful norms like these that play a role in perpetuating the country’s culture of violence against women. Such perceptions need to change, and that change starts with us, through the conversations we are having and allowing with friends, family and colleagues, and how we are educating younger generations to respect women.
Be part of the change and pledge to #InterruptGBV.
Interrupt the justice system:
I don’t think there is any kind of justice for women in this country
survivor of gender-based violence
The criminal justice system is failing victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
Right now, the conviction rate for crimes of rape is 8.6% due to a high number of cases dropping out of the criminal justice system, and most reported cases never being prosecuted.
The quality of investigations is crucial in securing positive convictions, and this responsibility sits with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS). Yet, too often, basic mistakes such as missing information from dockets, inadequate collection of evidence and missing signatures from complainant statements lead to the decision not to prosecute a case.
Further, due to decades of inadequate training, resources, and accountability, the criminal justice system is largely ineffective, inefficient and insensitive in ensuring all survivors receive the appropriate support when reporting a crime.
Police Minister Bheki Cele has the opportunity to change the current situation by ensuring efficient, effective and fair investigations.
Together we can pressure Minister Bheki Cele to commit to building a South Africa where women feel safe.
Take action and join us in calling on the South African Police Service to CARE.